Joined on 04/06/14
Pros: everything as advertised. Using it 2 months now no problems. Carafe does keep water warm a long time. Boils quickly, stainless and appearance is very pleasing.
Cons: button on top to pour water does not pour at a very high rate, it comes out somewhat slowly and if you angle it down too much water starts coming out of somewhere else. Whole top lid is easy to take off if I want to quickly pour a lot of water, two buttons release the top lid easily. This is a super minor con, just mentioning it as it was slightly different than what I was used to.
Overall Review: i'm very happy with this choice.
Great Value, Real Performance
Pros: With rebate paid only 140, finally these cards have come back down to reasonable prices and I thought time was right to get a real gaming card. Very quiet, some reviews say its too loud but even while gaming the fans never seem to get loud enough to really hear, I cant believe how quiet it is. Installed AMD driver and everything worked fine. A few days in I added the gigabyte aorus utility that allows a very small amount of modification that I really haven't found it necessary to mess with. You can make the lights a particular color or alternate or whatever you want if you are into that, I guess I'm in the rgb world now. Temps stay around 44-48C non gaming in 60F ambient. Highest temp I've seen was about 63C while playing doom but I haven't been monitoring too closely.
Cons: Not really a con but the fans do cycle on and off. Mine comes on around 48C and goes off at 44C. This means under normal non gaming use the fans come on about every 3 or 4 minutes for around a minute. From what I've read this is pretty normal nowadays but I have to wonder what the real point is, might as well leave spinning constantly I would think. I dont see a way to control this in the aorus software but I'm not sure there isnt some utility somewhere to tweak it. In any case it concerned me at first but I don't notice it (no noise I can hear) so I assume it will be ok just running this way forever.
Overall Review: I'm not a massive/real/serious gamer, but I do enjoy them and have wanted a real graphics card for awhile now but couldn't justify the cost. At the rational prices and the performance I can get from the 570 I think its a great deal, so I updated my gt730 to this. I can play almost anything at or near highest settings and can play games I couldn't have played before and I don't feel guilty that I've spent so much money for games. I am not taking full advantage of the card as I am playing on a g3258 oc'd to 4GHz, 570 is in a pcie 2.0 x16 slot. I can play Doom and Witcher III with framerates between 40 and 60 at ultra settings. Dont quote me, these numbers are not rigorous, point is I can play some recent and demanding games on high enough settings and enjoy the heck out of it.
Pros: Kudos to Thermaltake, this is a really well constructed case that is extremely easy to work with. Solid construction, lots of flexibility. All the little details are there. The 3 hdd drive trays are excellent, there are rubber grommets on the pins that hold drive, very nice and very easy to use. This is an example of the attention to detail in this case. Plenty of screws and some zip ties included. This is not a cheap case, its easily worth the price. The design is so flexible as to orientation, fan mounts, orientation of the front panel see the pirctures you could do a lot of different things with this. I will definitely consider using another one of these and I look forward to trying other thermaltake cases.
Cons: I find almost every product has documentation that could be better and the same applies here though it is far from the worse I have seen, it is quite good generally. The power supply bracket was a little tricky to understand from the pictures but after I saw a youtube video it made perfect sense. Not a con, just a comment.
Overall Review: It is an matx case but is really pretty large, I didnt check the dimensions before purchasing and was surprised how large it is, however it is so well constructed and good to work with and appearance I like so I am very happy with it.
Work fine, perfect for lab
Pros: Bought 4 of these, hung off a supermicro, running at various times freenas, proxmox, etc. The 4 drives all arrived in perfect working order and were identified correctly as wd 250g, what arrived was what I ordered. Ran some extended wd diagnostics on one of them and found no issues. I installed the drives, setup a zfs pool in freenas, did some testing and everything worked. This was a nice cheap way to get a handful of drives to arrange in a variety of ways and play with under whichever structures I am working on. Obviously if you are looking to make a long term stable storage platform for home or work you probably want to buy new etc etc.
Cons: None, if anything goes wrong, oh well I'll just buy another, for the price who cares (for my purposes).
Overall Review: Glad these are available, makes a very cheap way to test. Thanks
Pros: Modular cables nice and wrapped. Great packaging. Heavy solid construction. Lives up to seasonic rep so far so good. They even followed through sending the rebate check in appropriate timeframe, took about 2 months which I think is what was mentioned on the paperwork.
Cons: Not a con really, but the molex cable isnt of much use except when adding a molex to sata power connector, would be ideal if they included a couple molex-sata power cable connectors, I just bought some more, but would have been handy and not sure what anyone would do with all the molex anyway nowadays. That or skip the molex and provide 2 sata power cables, looked into buying the additional modular cable but was expensive and not sure of compatibility, would be great as an additional easy add on purchase if they offer it. Not a con just food for thought.
Overall Review: Using with supermicro board powering 4 hard drives, 2 ssds and an nvme, its overkill but for the price was worth the peace of mind protecting some expensive stuff. Seems high quality and has warranty I can believe in, company good reputation, I feel confident in it for the long haul, which is what I was after in buying it. Would definitely buy again.
great sound quality, easy and reliable
Pros: There are cheaper options for extracting audio from an hdmi signal, but reading reviews and familiarity with tripplite as a reliable brand I tried this one and couldnt be happier. 2 months in -working perfectly. I have not used this with a 4k signal so I cant speak to that capability. My use case is as follows: Chromecast connected to tv, powered bookshelf speakers that sound very good for this purpose. Only option before buying this was to use the headphone out jack on the tv which produced terrible sound no matter what I tried. I am using this device to produce audio on the stereo rca outputs into my powered speakers and the sound is absolutely clear. The hdmi signal goes through to the tv and I have no issues with lip syncing or anything else. Will probably buy a second for connecting to another older receiver using the spdif out, but haven't tried that yet. You could argue this solution was a little pricey and perhaps overkill for my purpose but I didn't want any headaches and wanted reliably good sound, which I do get and am very pleased with. Whatever they are using for a dac in there both music and television sound terrific.
Overall Review: Highly recommend for great quality and no headaches.
Trust in ViewSonic validated once again
I've used lots of monitors over the last 30 years and I just havent been disappointed with any viewsonics I've used. When I saw that a 2k monitor I was browsing on was available refurbished from viewsonic themselves I went ahead and ordered it. I dont really think I would order a monitor refurbished because weird little things can happen with monitors and I would worry about it, but because it was from Viewsonic themselves I thought I can probably rely on that and I wasnt let down. I have no idea why anyone would have returned this monitor. Its in perfect shape, there are no bad pixels after looking for stuck on and stuck off. The power supply matches the specs on the back of the unit. The box it came in had a little damage in the cardboard on the surface near the handle, like it would get just from opening it so it was nothing to be concerned about. It came packaged in the original box with all components. Its a terrific monitor I'm really happy with and its in perfect condition. Thanks much I got lucky being able to save some money, by which I mean I was lucky they had one of these to sell as refurbished. ViewSonic has imho a great reputation and my experience with this refurbed monitor certainly supports that reputation. Thank you for a great product.
I bought a refurb macbook air and was worried about the possible condition it may come in. I was thrilled to open the well packaged box to find a fantastic little laptop. I am so glad I got this. The physical appearance of the machine was great, a few minor dings and scratches that do not bother me at all. The hinge holding the screen up works well, I understand that can be an issue on used macbooks but mine is working fine so far. I believe the listed quality of the laptop I ordered was B grade and I think my understanding of what that means matches well with what I received. The battery appears to be relatively new, the mac system info shows 132 cycles on the battery, I have run it for 4 hours browsing and checking things out before realizing I was only down to 35% on the battery so I'm really happy there. The charger that came with it is a real apple magsafe charger, I'm pretty sure its used but its hard to tell, the thick cord that goes to the wall before the transformer seems brand new. The sockets on the macbook all work, thunderbolt is driving a wqhd 2k screen just fine as I'm writing this, bluetooth connects to my bt keyboard fine, both usb 3 ports work. Wifi AC connects very well to my 5Ghz ac band. Keyboard is in great shape, screen is beautiful. Using a temperature app to check temps and its staying around 43C which afaik seems to be in expected range. In short I am thoroughly pleased with the quality of work Coretek did with this, I got a really great machine in great shape at a totally reasonable price. Thank you Coretek, you guys hit it out of the park with this.
Works Great, clean, correct, happy!
I impulse bought an old thinkpad x200 for a very cheap price, love those original keyboards and its enough horse power for openbsd and what I want it for. I received the laptop from CTechCity just a few days after I ordered it. The laptop had definitely had a life prior to my getting it, which is as expected for a 8 or 9 year old machine. there is a vinyl like covering over the top (back of screen) that I think is there to cover up scratches and damage, but unless you look closely enough to notice its even there, the covering looks perfect. One of the usb ports isnt quite sitting perfectly aligned against the hole in the case, but it works fine, as do all the others. The battery it came with I think is the larger of the ones available, i can run the laptop for 2-3 hours (i've tried, its good for this era of machine) . I dont remember what the description for OS was, but it came with a 32 bit win vista business edition installed that was fully functional, probably what it originally shipped with and had the software installed that was specific to this machine (including correctly installed windows tablet drivers for the stylus) it actually worked, somebody took some care to make sure the image used was specific and correct. The keyboard looks brand new, there are no oil/finger stains, there are stickers for the letters not sure if thats the way it was originally but it looks and feels great. There isnt any dust to be found on this thing as far as I can see, though I havent taken the keyboard off to get inside. I did take the hard drive out to put an ssd in and the caddy is there with the rubber bumpers. Win vista showed 3GB ram because its 32 bitOS max, but the installed ram is all there at 4GB. The cpu is running around 45C which sounds a little high by todays standards but is apparently typical for this generation of core duo. Fan is working fine and dead silent. The laptop arrived in a box within a box, the interior box was a professional looking package, everything had bubble wrap and there was padding between the packaged box and the outer shipping box. Well done excellent packaging. In summary, as to quality of the refurbishing I am really amazed this turned out so well, people did a really good job here. You never know, its old and may only last so long, but all indications are this thing is working great. There was one customer service issue which was handled promptly and politely. I received the wrong charger with the laptop. I notified through the seller messaging system from newegg and got a nice apology reply the same day and the correct charger arrived just a few days later. Things happen, I can easily imagine someone grabbing the wrong charger while boxing this up, yes its a mistake but they handled it like champs. It can be a scary experience ordering a refurb, just hoping it will all work out, but I would absolutely buy from CTechCity again. Also they sent a little surprise pack of skittles in the box. I think I can trust them. Good work and thanks!